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Andritz to supply wood handling plant to Karelia

Austria-headed international technology group Andritz AG (ANDRITZ) has announced that it has received an order to deliver a new wood handling plant for a pulp mill in the Republic of Karelia, Russia.

The RK-Grand wood processing plant delivery includes a new debarking and chipping line with hydrostatic supported debarking drum and horizontal fed HHQ-Chipper (image courtesy Andritz).

The order, the value of which has not been disclosed, is from RK-Grand OOO for its Pitkyaranta pulp mill in Karelia. Founded in 1921, Pitkyaranta pulp mill is a specialty softwood pulp mill and start-up is planned for the fourth quarter of 2023.

The delivery includes a new debarking and chipping line with a hydrostatically supported debarking drum and horizontally fed HHQ-Chipper with a TK-IV TurnKnife System to ensure high chip quality and long intervals between knife changes.

According to Andritz, this new debarking line is designed to achieve a very high debarking degree and is equipped with an efficient de-icing system, which helps to meet the very high pulp quality standards at the Pitkyaranta mill. The plant will process 870 000 m3 sob of pine and spruce logs annually.

In addition to this equipment, the scope of supply includes chip handling for both round woodchips and purchased chips, with a new woodchip storage silo and a woodchip sorting station. The energy value of the bark will be increased with the new-generation HQ-Press bark press.

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